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Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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Series 7: Betty Parsons Personal Papers , circa 1920s-1991
Boxes 38-51, 55-59, OV 61; 15.3 linear feet

This series documents the more personal and professional activities of Betty Parsons through early curatorial files from her work at Wakefield Gallery and Mortimer Brandt Gallery, biographical files, family papers, correspondence, pocket diaries, writings, photographs, printed materials, and financial records. Parsons' extensive personal papers also include files that provide an overview of her own career as an artist as well as her extensive private art collection.
The Betty Parsons Papers series is arranged into 10 subseries:
  • 7.1: Early Curatorial Files, circa 1940-1958
  • 7.2: Biographical Material, circa 1928-1983
  • 7.3: Correspondence, circa 1932-1983
  • 7.4: Pocket Diaries and Notebooks, 1933-1981
  • 7.5: Annotated Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-1981
  • 7.6: Writings, circa 1950-1980
  • 7.7: Printed Material, circa 1927-1991
  • 7.8: Betty Parsons Art Work Files, circa 1955-1983
  • 7.9: Betty Parsons Private Collection Files, circa 1963-1983
  • 7.10: Personal Financial Records, 1947-1980
7.1: Early Curatorial Files, circa 1940-1958
This subseries consists of files that Parsons retained from her work at the Wakefield Gallery and the Mortimer Brandt Gallery. Files include correspondence, clippings, group exhibition files, announcements, catalogs, photographs, and exhibition and price lists.
7.1.1: Wakefield Gallery, circa 1939-1944
Found here are files from Betty Parsons' job as director of the Wakefield Gallery, including clippings, correspondence, announcements, exhibition files, exhibition lists, schedules, invoices, receipts and a scrapbook of clippings and exhibition announcements created from a bound dummy copy of A Treasury of Art Masterpieces. There are no solo exhibition files, only files for the themed exhibitions, Love in Art (1941), Ballet in Art (1942), and Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture (1944). The Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture exhibition files are of particular note as they contain vintage photographs by Aaron Siskind of the sculptures that were produced for reproduction in the exhibition catalogue.
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Clippings, circa 1941-1944
38
7
Correspondence, circa 1941-1944
38
8
Exhibition Annoucements, circa 1940-1944
38
9
Love in Art (1941), circa 1940-1941
38
10
Ballet in Art (1942), circa 1942
(Partially scanned)
38
11
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture (1944), circa 1944
(3 folders)
38
12-14
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture (1944) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1944
(vintage prints by Aaron Siskind; not scanned)
38
15
Exhibition Schedules and Lists, circa 1941-1944
38
16
Invoices and Receipts, 1940-1944
38
17
Scrapbook, 1939-1941
38
18
Transcript of Radio Program The Artist Reviews Art, 1943
38
19
7.1.2: Mortimer Brandt Gallery, circa 1944-1958
Found here are select files stemming from Betty Parsons work as the head of the contemporary art section of Mortimer Brandt Gallery. The files consist of clippings, correspondence, announcements, catalogs, exhibition files, and exhibition lists. As with the files from Wakefield Gallery above, these files do not constitute a complete record of Parsons' work with the Mortimer-Brandt Gallery. Exhibition files exist solely for the two exhibitions; Abstract and Surrealist Art in America (1944) and Portraits of Today by Painters of Tomorrow (1945). There is also correspondence between Parsons and Mortimer Brandt, some of which concerns lease arrangements for Parsons subletting half of the fifth floor of 15 East 57th Street to open her own gallery. There is also correspondence between Parsons and Sidney Janis, who sublet the rest of the floor for his gallery beginning in 1953.
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Clippings, circa 1945-1946
38
20
Correspondence, circa 1944-1958
38
21
Exhibitions Annoucements and Catalogs, circa 1944-1946
38
22
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America (1944), circa 1944
(2 folders)
38
23-24
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today (1945), circa 1945
39
1
Exhibition file, Portraits of Today by Painters of Today (1945)- Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(2 folders; not scanned; see also Box 51)
39
2-3
Lists of Exhibitions and Lenders, circa 1944-1947
39
4
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today (1945) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(See also Box 39, F2; not scanned)
51 (sol)
7.2: Biographical Material, circa 1932-1983
Found here are scattered personal papers, such as Parsons' artist biography, family trees for the Pierson and Miles families, association membership cards, interview transcripts, travel itineraries, photographs, and mailing list of invitees for Parsons' Memorial. The folder containing miscellaneous personal papers includes ephemera, handwritten notes, an American Red Cross employment application, a small watercolor landscape by Lynn Yarnell, and several unsigned sketches.
Photographs in this subseries include snapshots and professional portraits, the bulk of which span the mid-1960s to early 1980s. Most of the photographs feature Parsons, but there are photographs of others that are not identified as well as beach views, perhaps taken near her Southold, Long Island Studio, and photographs of Parsons at her St. Martin's home. Additionally there is a folder of photographs of works of art, primarily paintings, depicting Betty Parsons.
The bulk of the files in this series chronicle Betty Parsons' activities related to the art world. As a renowned art dealer and respected artist, Parsons' was a frequently requested speaker, juror for juried art exhibitions, and awards honoree. Her participation at these events is recorded through correspondence, invitations, programs, and award certificates. Noteworthy files include "The Creative in Art" seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, which includes syllabus and extensive notes for ten lectures. There is also a group of folders that document her social and volunteer activities.
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Artist Biography and Narratives, 1949-1982
39
5
Family Trees and Histories, 1948 and undated
39
6
Interview - WNYC (Radio Station) Art Festival, 1951, October 16
39
7
Interview with Colette Roberts, 1968
39
8
Invitations, Announcements and Programs, circa 1928-1979
39
9
Juries, Seminars, Lectures, and Awards
Althena Award,Rhode Island School of Design, 1981-1982
(2 folders)
39
10-11
Awards and Honors, circa 1960-1982
39
12
Conference of Women in the Visual Arts, 1972
39
13
Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1980
39
14
Honorary Degree, Mount Holyoke College, 1981
39
15
Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, 1971-1972
(2 folders)
39
16-17
Watercolor Society of Alabama, 1980
39
18
Zaner Gallery, 1981
39
19
General, circa 1950-1974
39
20
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1975-1976
(3 folders)
39
21-23
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1976-1977
39
24
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1977-1978
39
25
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1979-1980
39
26
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1980-1981
(2 folders)
39
27-28
Membership Cards and Certificates, circa 1940-1980
39
29
Memorial Service, 1982
39
30
Personal Papers, miscellaneous, circa 1934-1990
39
31
Photograph, Black and White Transparency, circa 1960-1970
(Not scanned)
39
32
Photographs, General, circa 1935-1981
(3 folders)
39
33-35
Photographs of Parsons, circa 1980-1982
55
42
Photographs of Parsons and Others, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
55
43
Photographs of Parsons and St. Martin's Home, 1982
55
44
Photographs of Gardens, 1981
55
45
Photographs of House in Marion, MA, 1965
55
46
Photographs of Art Works depicting Betty Parsons, circa 1934-1940
(Not scanned)
39
36
Travel Itineraries and Documentation, 1949-1972
39
37-38
Volunteer and Social Activities
Cosmopolitan Club, 1959-1980
39
39
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1980-1981
39
40
Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1974-1980
(2 folders)
39
41-42
Visiting Nurse Service, 1971-1972
39
43
Miscellaneous, 1949-1975
39
44
War Ration Coupons, 1942-1943
39
45
7.3: Correspondence, circa 1932-1983
Series consists of Parsons' incoming and outgoing correspondence originally maintained within her personal papers, although it appears to be a mixture of personal and professional correspondence. It includes not only letters from friends and family, but also from museum directors, art dealers, researchers, gallery artists, and artists seeking representation from the Betty Parsons Gallery. General correspondence primarily consists of personal letters from friends, while chronological correspondence includes primarily business-related letters. No attempt was made to reconcile the two systems since this arrangement may have originated with the creator.
7.3.1: General Correspondence, circa 1932-1982
Files mostly consist of correspondence with friends and artists with whom Parsons had a personal relationship, although letters touching upon gallery business are scattered throughout. As close friends, many of the artists shared details about their personal and family life, travels, work, and careers. Gallery artist correspondents include Larry Bigelow, Alexander Calder, and William Condon. Of particular note are letters from Ad Reinhardt discussing his work in relation to the gallery and exhorting Parsons to fight for her (and his) rightful place in history. Another significant and prolific correspondent is the English artist Adge Baker, with whom Parsons had a romantic relationship. The two lived together for several years in the house that Parson purchased shortly after she arrived in Paris in 1923. Although they separated in 1932, they remained life long friends.
Notable friends and other correspondents include heiress and world-class speed boat racer Joe Carstairs, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (Lindy Guinness), art critic Rosalind Constable, and art and literary critic Dale McConathy, who briefly worked for Parsons as a gallery assistant. Personal correspondence also includes Christmas cards, postcards, telegrams, and third party correspondence to gallery employees and Lee Hall, Parsons' biographer and gallery artist. Many of the Christmas cards include original artwork in a variety of media, and have been arranged with other artwork sent to Parsons by various artists over the years.
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A, circa 1951-1977
  • Alper, Natalie
  • Andre, Carl
  • Arlasez, Nuri
  • Avery, Milton
  • Auerbach, Ellen
39
46
Alloway, Lawrence, circa 1959-1975
39
47
A-B, 1964-1979
Includes letters from Natalie Alpen, Avis Berman, Sibylle Blumenfeld, and Marischa Burchardt
55
47
B, 1944-1982
  • Barcley, Jo
  • Barker, Margaret
  • Bakwa, C?©lestin,
  • Beal, John
  • Bedell, Eleanor
  • Bess, Forrest
  • Biero, Ellen
  • Blume, Mary
  • Bochoo, Jac[kki]
  • Bove, Louise
  • Box, Eden (Eden Fleming)
  • Braddock, Barrie
  • Bradley, Harvey
  • Breckenridge, Edith (Mrs. Gerald)
  • Brett, D.E.
  • Brotherton, Joe
  • Buchanan, Beverly
  • Budd, [David]
  • Burnhome, Clement M.
39
48
Baker, Adge, circa 1968-circa 1975
55
48
Baker, Adge, 1966-1970
55
49
Baker, Adge, 1971
55
50
Baker, Adge, 1972 January-April
55
51
Baker, Adge, 1972 May-December
56
1
Baker, Adge, 1973 February-September
56
2
Baker, Adge, 1973 October-December
56
3
Baker, Adge, 1974 January-June
56
4
Baker, Adge, 1974 July-October
56
5
Baker, Adge, 1974 November-December
56
6
Baker, Adge, 1975 January-April
56
7
Baker, Adge, 1975 May-October
56
8
Baker, Adge, 1976-1982
56
9
Baker, Adge, circa 1932-1982
(2 folders)
39
49-50
Baker, Adge, circa 1932-1982
(17 folders)
40
1-17
Barker, Walter, 1963-1979
40
18
Bigelow, Larry, 1954-1960
40
19
Bonge, Dusti, circa 1954-1982
40
20
Bulla, Jean, circa 1932-1935
40
21
C, 1948-1972
  • C., Bill
  • Calder, Alexander
  • Chryssa
  • Coggeshall, Calvert
  • Copley, Al
  • Cummings, Harry
40
22
Carstairs, Joe, 1942-1963
40
23
Clarke, Billie, circa 1970-1980
40
24
Cloos, Consuelo, circa 1952-1982
40
25
Congdon, William, 1977-1981
40
26
Constable, Rosalind, 1943-1982
40
27
Crosby, Caresse, 1925, 1965-1967
40
28
C-D, 1979
Includes letters from Louis Cates, Eyre de Lanux, and Eric de Saussaure.
56
10
D, 1952-1982
  • Daniels, Alfred
  • Danziger, Sonia
  • Davidson, Carol Kreeger
  • Davis, Mary
  • Day, Blanche
  • De Lamar, Alice
  • Denn, Gene
  • Dickinson, Dennis
  • Dienes, Sari
  • Dlugoszewski, Lucia
  • Donaldson, James R.
  • Donati, Enrico
  • Dora, Una
  • Dubuffet, Jean
  • Dunbar, J. H.
40
29
DeMeyer, Evelyn, 1977-1980
40
30
Dufferin and Ava, The Marchioness of (Lindy Guinness), circa 1964-1981
40
31
Durant, Nancy, circa 1950-1972
40
32
E, circa 1950-1982
  • Eastman, Thomas
  • Eberhart, Betty
  • Edelstein, Paul
  • Egan, Charles
  • Elliott, Ronnie
  • Englesmith, Tejas
40
33
E-F, circa 1970-circa 1979
Includes letters from Paul EdelsteinA. M. Fines, and Lisa Fossangrives
56
11
F, circa 1940-1982
  • Fairweather, Sally
  • Falkenstein, Claire
  • Feeley, Paul and Helen
  • Fenno, Pauline
  • Fine, Albert
  • Fini, Jan Luigi
  • Fischel, Marguerite
  • Fish, Seena
  • Fitch, Susan
  • Flaherty, Frances Moore
  • Flaherty, Frances Rohr
  • Francisco, Marjorie
  • Francisco, Richard
  • Frankel, Anita
  • Fraser, C. E.
  • Freedberg, Priscilla
  • Fremantle, Chloe
  • Frickner, Lawrence
40
34
Frasetto, Monica Flaherty, circa 1951-1974
40
35
Fritzius, Harry, circa 1953-1978
40
36
G, 1948-1982
  • Garston, Gerald D.
  • Gladstone, Doria and Mike
  • George, Thomas
  • Goff, Lloyd
  • Gordon, Martha
  • Grant-Govar, Enid
  • Gray, Cleve
  • Greenfield, Sophia
  • Groth, Jan
  • Guiness, Alec
40
37
Gooding, Maria, 1977-1982
40
38
Groves, Chris, 1966-1968
40
39
G-H, circa 1978-circa 1979
Includes letters from Craig Hansen, Ron Hill, and Margo Hoff
56
12
H, circa 1940-1981
  • Haberman, Daniel
  • Hamblett, Theora
  • Hamilton, C.
  • Hamilton, George Heard
  • Harman, E. Terry
  • Harper, Lindsay
  • Harwood, Nina Conan Doyle
  • Hawkins, Erick
  • Hayashi, Kaname
  • Herbert, David
  • Hero, Mrs. Alvin (Martha)
  • Herzel, Eileen
  • Hillis, Sue
  • Hirshhorn, Joseph and Olga
  • Hock, Robert
  • Hoff, Margo
  • Hood, Dorothy Gregory
  • Hooker, R. Wolcott
  • Hopkins, Harry L.
  • Humphrey, Ralph
  • Huyck, Laura Talmage
40
40
Hall, Lee, circa 1981-1982
40
41
Hennessy, Timothy, 1961-1974
40
42
I and J, 1942-1982
  • Irving, Flora W.
  • Jablow, Evelyn
  • Jackson, Kay
  • Jaeger, Blanche
  • Jenkins, R.A.
  • Johnson, Ray
40
43
I-J, circa 1970s
Includes postcards from Lisa Irving and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
56
13
K, circa 1940-1982
  • Kardamatis, Yiannis Wolfgang
  • Katz, Bill
  • Kealy, Hinman L.P.
  • Kelleher, M. Landreth
  • Kelly, Ellsworth
  • Kent, Alice
  • Klyne, Maurice
  • Koch, Ed
  • Koteen, Shirley
40
44
K-L, circa 1969-circa 1979
Includes letters from Leah Lasbury and Marjorie Liebman
56
14
L, circa 1942-1981
  • Leake, Paul M.
  • Liebman, Marjorie
40
45
M and N, circa 1950-1976
  • Macy, Gert
  • Mallory, Margaret
  • Marshall, George
  • Mason, Susanne
  • McCloud, Lillard
  • McPeck, Eleanor
  • Metz, Gwyn
  • Miles, Jeanne
  • Miller, B.
  • Mon, Bascha
  • Morgan, Joseph P.
  • Mueller, Leo
  • Muelanzambi, Bawka
  • Murphy, Alice Harold
  • Negulesco, Jean
  • Nuala (Elsa de Brun)
40
46
McConathy, Dale, circa 1963-1969
40
47
M-N, circa 1970s
Includes letter from P. Mansaram, and postcards from Jack Milroy and New York Studio School
56
15
Newcomb, Mary (Mrs. Alexander Higginson), circa 1932-1961
40
48
O and P, circa 1950-1982
  • Oliver, Alex
  • Okada, Kenzo and Kimi
  • Passante, Anne
  • Perreault, John
  • Perkins, Helvetia
  • Porter, Aline
  • Porter, Pat
  • Pousette-Dart, Richard
  • Putnam, Wallace
40
49
Parsons, Betty to Jock Truman, circa 1968-circa 1975
56
16
Pierson, James Rhodes, 1956-1959
40
50
P-S, circa 1955-circa 1979
Includes letters from Aline Porter, Fran Preisman, Jesse Reichek, D. N. Schnabel, Lili Shepley, and Audrey Strohl
56
17
R and S, 1943-1981
  • Ret, Etienne
  • Russell, Ethel Bordon
  • Santiago, Ed
  • Shepley, Mrs. P. R. (Lili)
  • Sikelianos, Eva
  • Smith, Tony
  • Sottsass, Ettore
  • Steindecker, Oliver
  • Steiner, Lisl
  • Sterne, Hedda
  • Stevens, Peter Jellen
  • Storey, Ala
  • Swartz, Clementa M.
40
51
Reinhardt, Ad, circa 1949-1965
40
52
Seid, Dui, circa 1974-1975
40
53
T, circa 1961-1975
  • Taylor, Benjamin de Brie
  • Taylor, Marie Carr
  • Thompson, Lynne
  • Toland, Mrs. Owen Jones
  • Tryggvadottir, Nina
  • Tumarkin, Igael
40
54
V, W, and Z, circa 1956-1982
  • Valente, Barbara
  • Valmarsus, Pablo and Rene
  • Vanruska, Frank
  • Van Scriver, Strelsa
  • W., Jack
  • Warner, Sylvia Townsend
  • West, Saul and Peggy
  • Weyschmid, Rita
  • Zito, Abby
41
1
W, circa 1970s
56
18
Unidentified, circa 1932-1981
41
2
First Names Only/Illegible, circa 1970s
56
19
Third Party, circa 1937-1983
41
3
Christmas Cards, circa 1960-1977
(5 folders)
41
4-8
Christmas Cards and Other Correspondence with Artwork
Artists A-B, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
56
20
Artists C-F, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
56
21
Artists G, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
56
22
Artists H, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
56
23
Artists, I-K, circa 1960s-circa 1980s
56
24
Artists, L, 1955-1981
56
25
Artists, M, 1947-circa 1970s
56
26
Artists, O-P, circa 1955-1980
56
27
Artists, R-S, 1955-circa 1970s
56
28
Artists, S, 1950-1980
56
29
Artists, T, circa 1965-1982
56
30
Artists, T, circa 1960s-1982
56
31
Artists, V-Z, circa 1945-1980
56
32
Artists, Oversized A-Z and Unidentified/Illegible, circa 1940s-circa 1982
Oversized material housed in OV 62
56
33
Artists, Unidentified/Illegible, circa 1940s-circa 1982
56
34
Artists, Unidentified/Illegible, circa 1940s-circa 1982
56
35
Artists, Unidentified/Illegible, circa 1940s-circa 1982
56
36
Oversized Christmas Cards and Other Correspondence with Artwork, Artists A-Z and Unidentified/Illegible from Box 56, Folders 20-33
OV 61
Postcards, circa 1930-1959
41
9
Postcards, circa 1960-1969
41
10
Postcards, circa 1970-1979
41
11
Postcards, 1980-1982
41
12
Postcards, undated
41
13
Telegrams, 1929-1971
41
14
Postcards, First Names, A-L, circa 1964-circa 1979
56
37
Postcards, First Names, M-W, circa 1967-circa 1971
56
38
Postcards, Surnames A-V, circa 1969-circa 1971
includes postcards from Henry Koehler, Annalee and Barnett Newman, Kenzo Okada, Frank Sherman, and Bill Taggart
56
39
Postcards Unidentified/Illegible, 1960s-1970s
56
40
7.3.2: Chronological Correspondence, circa 1938-1983
These files reflect how deeply Parsons' life was intertwined with the gallery as correspondence with dealers, museum directors, researchers, collectors, arts organizations, gallery staff, and artists predominate in this subseries, although letters from friends are scattered throughout. Letters address a variety of topics including requests for Parsons to be a jurist for juried exhibitions, exhibitions and sales of her own art work, references for artists, requests for interviews, questions from researchers, and communications from gallery staff. Letters from Jock Truman, include his original cover letter (1961) and updates concerning gallery business (1964, 1966-1968, and 1972).
Letters from Parsons include a letter of introduction for her former husband Schuyler Parsons to Peggy Guggenheim (1965) and a suggestion to collector Paul Mellon (1976)that Barnett Newman's Stations of the Cross belongs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. Parsons response to a researcher (1979) provides her insights concerning the early history of the gallery and her connection with the Abstract Expressionists. Other significant correspondents include Ossip Zadkine (1956), Jacqueline Monnier (1978 and 1982), and Judith Rothschild (1980). Finally, letters that post-date Parsons death in July, 1982 include condolence letters to gallery staff and correspondence between Jack Tilton, her former assistant at the gallery and William Rayner, her nephew and the executer of her estate, to establish prices for her art work.
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Correspondence, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
56
41
Correspondence, 1938-1949
41
15
Correspondence, 1940-1951
56
42
Correspondence, 1950-1953
41
16
Correspondence, 1954-1956
41
17
Correspondence, 1956-1969
56
43
Correspondence, 1957-1960
41
18
Correspondence, 1961-1962
41
19
Correspondence, 1963
41
20
Correspondence, 1964
41
21
Correspondence, 1965
41
22
Correspondence, 1966
41
23
Correspondence, 1967-1969
41
24
Correspondence, 1970-1974
41
25
Correspondence, 1971-1975
56
44
Correspondence, 1975-1977
41
26
Correspondence, 1976-1979
57
1
Correspondence, 1978
41
27
Correspondence, 1979
(2 folders)
41
28-29
Correspondence, 1980
41
30
Correspondence, 1980-1982
57
2
Correspondence, 1981
(2 folders)
41
31-32
Correspondence, 1982
41
33
Correspondence, 1983
41
34
Correspondence, undated
41
35
7.3.3: Travel Correspondence and Documentation, 1958-1977
This subseries documents travel undertaken by Parsons in the United States and abroad, including trips to Europe, Japan, Russia, Poland, and Zaire. Records document travel arrangements and itineraries, and include letters from gallery employees to Parsons informing her of goings-on at the gallery during her absences. There is a group photo, including Parsons, from her 1958 trip to Japan. The folder recording her trip to Turkey folder includes a draft of a letter written by Parsons after she received the news of Barnett Newman's death, and a note to Ellsworth Kelly. The files on her 1976 trip to England and Ireland document an exhibition of her work at the David Hendriks Gallery in August 1976, and a Theo McNab exhibition, presented by David Hendriks at the Cork Arts Society Gallery and opened by Parsons. Records include lists of artwork, correspondence, press coverage, and photographs, including two photos of Parsons with McNab and Hendriks. Also found in these records is correspondence with artist Maria Gooding, whom Parsons visited during the trip, regarding plans for an exhibition of Gooding's work in 1977 at Betty Parsons Gallery. Gooding's correspondence encloses photos of Parsons
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Japan, 1958
57
3
Europe, 1963
57
4
Europe, 1964
includes a letter to Ellsworth Kelly about his leaving the gallery
57
5
United States, 1965
57
6
Russia and Poland, 1965-1966
57
7
Russia and Poland, 1966
57
8
Various Trips, 1966-1968
57
9
Turkey, 1969-1970
57
10
Europe, 1969-1971
57
11
International Association of Art Critics, Zaire, 1973-1974
57
12
United States, 1973
Includes a letter from Agnes Martin and 2 photos of Martin's home near Cuba, New Mexico, one with Martin standing out front
57
13
France, 1976
57
14
England and Ireland, 1976
57
15
England and Ireland, 1976
57
16
England and Ireland, 1976
57
17
Denmark, 1977
57
18
7.4: Pocket Diaries and Notebooks, circa 1933-1982
Files primarily consist of small Smythson leather pocket diaries in which Parsons noted lunch and dinner engagements, openings, and other appointments, thereby providing a sense of her daily activities. As with Parsons' life, personal and gallery life are intertwined in the pages. Frequently the endpapers were used to note names, address and phone numbers. Although these diaries span from 1933-1980, they are not complete; there are only a few from the 1940s and none from the 1950s. Address books and desk calendars are also found.
Three notebooks from the 1960s appear to relate to gallery business as they contain references, to artists, works of art, and museums. The 1980-1982 notebook contains handwritten drafts of correspondence; most of the notebook pages are left blank.
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Address Books, circa 1933-1978
41
36
Pocket Diaries, 1933-1936
41
37
Pocket Diary, 1937
41
38
Pocket Diaries, 1937-1938
41
39
Pocket Diaries, 1939-1941
42
1
Pocket Diaries, 1942-1943
42
2
Pocket Diaries, 1948-1949
42
3
Pocket Diaries, 1960-1961
42
4
Pocket Diaries, 1962
42
5
Pocket Diaries, 1963-1964
42
6
Pocket Diaries, 1965-1966
42
7
Pocket Diaries, 1967-1969
42
8
Pocket Diaries, 1970-1971
42
9
Pocket Diaries, 1972-1973
42
10
Pocket Diaries, 1974-1975
42
11
Pocket Diaries, 1976-1977
42
12
Pocket Diaries, 1978-1980
42
13
Pocket Diaries, 1981
42
14
Engagement Calendar, 1962
57
19
Engagement Calendar, 1970
42
15
Engagement Calendar, 1979
42
16
Engagement Calendar, 1980
42
17
Notebook, 1961
42
18
Notebook, possibly 1965
42
19
Notebook, 1980-1982
42
20
Journal Notes, 1928
57
20
Journal Notes, 1953
57
21
7.5: Annotated Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-1981
According to biographical accounts, Betty Parsons was an avid sketcher, having acquired the habit dating from her studies with the English artist Arthur Lindsay in the 1930s. This subseries includes thirty-two of her sketchbooks of varying sizes, many of which are annotated with diary entries and other notes, such as 1951 notes for her WNYC Radio Arts Festival Interview, a transcript of which can be found in 7.2: Biographical Materials. The sketchbooks contain abstract, landscape, and figurative drawings and paintings in ink, felt tip marker, gouache, pencil, and other media.
Also found are two notebooks containing dress patterns by Parsons.
Description Container
Sketchbooks, circa 1920s-circa 1930s
57
22
Sketchbooks, 1930
57
23
Sketchbooks, 1933, 1935
57
24
Sketchbook, circa 1940s
57
25
Sketchbooks, 1948, 1950
57
26
Sketchbook, 1951
42
21
Sketchbooks, 1951
57
27
Sketchbooks, 1952, 1953
57
28
Sketchbooks, 1953-1954
57
29
Sketchbooks, 1955, 1958
57
30
Sketchbooks, 1959
57
31
Sketchbooks, 1966, 1969
57
32
Sketchbook, 1967
42
22
Sketchbook, 1969
42
23
Sketchbook, 1970
58
1
Sketchbook, 1975
58
2
Sketchbooks, 1976-1977
58
3
Sketchbook, 1981
58
4
Dress Patterns, 1922
58
5
Dress Patterns, 1922
58
6
7.6: Writings, circa 1930-1981
7.6.1: Writings by Parsons, circa 1930-1981
Writings by Parsons include poems and statements written about various artists which were often used in announcements and catalogs for exhibitions at the gallery. Also found here are miscellaneous writings and fragments expressing or representing the formation of Parsons's ideas about art and life.
Description Container
Poems, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
58
7
Poems, circa 1950s-circa 1980s
58
8
Poems, 1979-1980
58
9
Poems and Statements About Artists, 1960s-1980s
58
10
Poems and Statements About Artists, 1960s-1980s
58
11
Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
58
12
Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
58
13
Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, 1933-1969
58
14
Poems and Miscellaneous Writings, 1972-1981
58
15
7.6.2: Writings by Others, circa 1950-1980
Found here are articles, poems, essays, and unpublished manuscripts mostly about Parsons and the Betty Parsons Gallery, including a typescript for an unpublished monograph, "An American Gallery," written by art critic Lawrence Alloway. Related correspondence can be found in the Alloway folders in the Betty Parsons Papers Correspondence files. Also included is a proposal for a documentary film about Betty Parsons titled "Keeper of the Treasure"; it does not appear that this project was realized. Other writings are related to art, dance, and poetry, including a notebook of poems by Parsons Gallery artist, Dorothy Sturm.
Files are arranged by alphabetically by author, followed by one file of miscellaneous essays and poems.
Description Container
Alloway, Lawrence, typescript of "An American Gallery,", circa 1961-1968
(3 folders)
42
24-26
Codman, Florence, typescript of "Values in Some Recent American Paintings,", undated
42
27
Dlugoszewski, Lucia, miscellaneous writings, circa 1962-1972
42
28
Dreyfuss, Caril, typescript of "On Judging,", 1980
42
29
Du Brul, E. Lloyd, "Biology of Artistic Behavior,", 1968
42
30
Hawkins, Erick, miscellaneous writings, circa 1961-1962
42
31
[Martin, Agnes], manuscript (photocopy) of "Current of the River of Life Moves Us,", undated
42
32
Mathieu, Georges, typescript of "Declaration to the American Avant Garde Painters,", undated
42
33
McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Anthology for Children,", undated
42
34
McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Poetry Edition,", undated
42
35
Motherwell, Robert, typescript of "In Memoriam: Anthony Smith,", 1981
42
36
Putnam, Wallace, photocopy of talk "Come Dance with Dragon,", 1971
42
37
Putnam, Wallace, typescript of "The Shiny Gilt Frame is Gone,", undated
42
38
Sturm, Dorothy, notebook of poems, 1957
43
1
unknown author, proposal for "Keeper of the Treasure,", circa 1981
43
2
Miscellaneous typescripts, circa 1950-1965
43
3
Writings by Others, circa 1930s-circa 1980s
58
16
Writings by Others, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
58
17
Writings by Others, About Betty Parsons, circa 1960s
58
18
Unidentified Author, Film Proposal, circa 1970s
58
19
7.7: Printed Materials, circa 1920-1991
Printed Material includes catalogs and announcements for exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery and other galleries, offsets of articles, magazines, clippings from newspapers and magazines.
Announcements and catalogs files include printed material from the Wakefield Gallery, Mortimer Brandt Gallery, Betty Parsons Gallery, as well as other galleries. Much of this material is duplicated in other series including Artists Files and Other Gallery Records.
The bulk of magazine and newspaper clippings feature Betty Parsons in her role as artist, art dealer, or collector. The file of the 1967 House and Garden feature on her Long Island Studio includes photographs, some of which appear to have been used in the article. This subseries also includes clippings on artists, particularly those whom Parsons represented, general art and architecture files, and a file of miscellaneous clippings and cartoons.
Description Container
Announcements and Catalogs, 1927-1952
43
4
Announcements and Catalogs, 1952-1966
43
5
Announcements and Catalogs, 1967-1982
43
6
Magazine Clippings about Betty Parsons, circa 1951-1982
(2 folders)
43
7-8
Magazine Clippings and photographs of Betty Parsons' Studio, circa 1967
43
9
Magazine Clippings about Art and Architecture, circa 1951-1982
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
10-11
Magazine Clippings about Artists, circa 1947-1948
(2 folders; not scanned)
43
12
Newspaper Clippings about Betty Parsons, circa 1930-1983
(2 folders)
43
13-14
Newspaper Clippings About Betty Parsons/Gallery, circa 1967-1977
58
20
Newspaper Clippings About Betty Parsons/Gallery, circa 1977-1980
58
21
Newspaper Clippings About Betty Parsons/Gallery, circa 1950s-circa 1982
58
22
Newspaper Clippings About Betty Parsons/Gallery, circa 1950s-circa 1982
58
23
Newspaper Clippings about Friends and Family, circa 1920-1960
43
15
Newspaper Clippings about Art and Architecture, circa 1948-1978
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
16-17
Newspaper Clippings about Artists, circa 1927-1976
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
18-19
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Miscellaneous, circa 1945-1971
(Not scanned)
43
20
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Duplicates, circa 1957-1982
(3 folders, not scanned)
43
21-23
Magazines, 1946-1983
(4 folders, not scanned)
43
24-27
Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1991
(Not scanned)
43
28
Prints/Engravings by Various Artists
58
24
Printed Material, Miscellaneous, circa 1976-1980
58
25
Blueprint for Combustion Engineering Headquarters, Stamford CT, circa 1970s
58
26
"I Ching" Pilot Dub 2, Catalyst Productions, circa 1970s
58
27
7.8: Records About Betty Parsons' Art Work, circa 1927-1983
These files chronicle Betty Parsons' artistic career through announcements, catalogs, correspondence, inventories, price lists, sales invoices, loan forms and photographs. The majority of photographs are reproductions of works of art, although installation shots are scattered throughout.
Description Container
Agreement with Midtown Galleries, 1935
58
28
Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1927-1982
43
29
Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1927-circa 1982
58
29
Announcements and Catalogs, 1938-1968
58
30
Announcements and Catalogs, 1971-1979
59
1
Announcements and Catalogs, 1980-1981
59
2
Exhibition files
General Exhibitions, circa 1927-1956
43
30
General Exhibitions, circa 1957-1969
43
31
General Exhibitions, 1970-1979
43
32
New Arts Gallery (1963: Atlanta, Ga.), 1962-1965
43
33
Miami Museum of Modern Art (1963), circa 1962-1963
43
34
New Gallery (1966: Bennington College, Vt.), 1965-1966
43
35
Gallery Seven (1967: Boston, Mass.), 1967
43
36
Grand Central Moderns (1967: New York, N.Y.), 1966-1967
43
37
Whitechapel Gallery (1968: London, England), 1965-1969
(4 folders)
44
1-4
Studio Gallery (1971: Washington, D.C.), 1971-1972
(2 folders)
44
5-6
College Art Gallery (1972: Drew University, Madison, N.J.), 1971-1972
44
7
College Art Gallery (1972: Drew University, Madison, N.J.), 1971-1972
59
3
A.M. Sachs Gallery (1972: New York, N.Y.), 1972
44
8
Studio Gallery (1973: Washington, D.C.), 1972-1975
44
9
Montclair Art Museum (1974: Montclair, N.J.), circa 1974
(3 folders)
44
10-12
Studio Gallery (1975: Washington, D.C.), 1975
(2 folders)
44
13
Benson Gallery (1975: Bridgehampton, N.Y.), 1974-1975
44
14
Circanou Galleries (1976: Des Moines, Iowa), 1975
Exhibition was cancelled.
44
15
David Hendricks Gallery (1976: Dublin,Ireland), 1976
44
16
Louise Himelfarb Gallery (1977: Water Mill,N.Y.), 1977
44
17
Louise Himmelfarb Gallery (1977: Water Mill, N. Y.), 1977
59
4
Barnard College (1977: New York, N.Y.), 1977
44
18
United States Information Service (1978: Tegucilgalpa, Hondoras), 1978
44
19
Heath Gallery (1978: Atlanta,Ga.), 1977-1979
44
20
Artists and Poets fo the Hamptons Landscape,Benson Gallery (1978: Bridgehamton, N.Y.), 1978
44
21
Kornblee/Truman Gallery (1978: New York, N.Y.), 1978-1979
44
22
Paintings and Sculptures by Candidates for Art Awards, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1979: New York, N.Y.), 1977-1979
44
23
Women Artists of Eastern New York, Guild Hall (1979: East Hampton, N.Y.), 1979
44
24
Hoshour Gallery (1979: Albuquerque, New Mexico), 1978-1979
44
25
Marchand-Parson Gallery (1979: Shelter Island, N.Y.), circa 1979
44
26
Summit Art Center (1979: Summit, N.J.), 1979
44
27
Zeller Gallery (1979: University Park, Penn.), 1979
44
28
Fairweather Hardin Gallery (1979: Chicago, Ill.), 1979
44
29
Kornblee Galleries (1980: New York, N.Y.), 1980-1983
44
30
Barbara Fiedler Gallery (1980: Washington D.C.), 1979-1982
44
31
Newspace (1980: Los Angeles, Calif.), 1979-1982
44
32
American Center (1980: Paris, France), 1979-1980
44
33
Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd. (1980: London, England), 1980-1981
44
34
Robert T. Kidd Associates (1980: Birmingham, Mich.), 1980-1983
44
35
Portraits Real and Imagined, Guild Hall (1980: East Hampton, N.Y.), 1980
44
36
William Sawyer Gallery (1981: San Franisco, Calif.), 1981
44
37
Virginia Miller Galleries (1981: Miami, Fla.), 1980-1981
44
38
Burnside Gallery (1981: Greenport, N.Y.), 1981
44
39
Benson Gallery (1981: Bridgehampton, N.Y.), 1980-1981
44
40
The Artist and the Quilt, Traveling Exhibition (1980), 1980-1982
(2 folders)
44
41-42
Hoshour Gallery (1982: Albuquerque, New Mexico), 1981-1982
44
43
Betty Parsons Memorial Show, Betty Parsons Gallery (1982: New York, N.Y.), 1982
44
44
Fairweather Hardin (1982: Chicago, Ill.), 1982-1983
44
45
Inventories, 1966-1982
44
46
Inventory with Sketches, 1982 October
44
47
Inventories, 1983
44
48
Appraisals and Price Lists, 1979-1983
44
49
Consignments, 1941-1967
44
50
Consignments, 1974-1979
44
51
Consignments, circa 1980-1983
44
52
Consignments-Heath Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980-1982
44
53
Sales, 1938-1982
44
54
Artwork, circa 1922-1974
59
5
Artwork, Cut-Outs, circa 1920s-circa 1982
59
6
Photographs of Betty Parsons Sculptures at the National Gallery of Art Opening, 1973 November
44
55
Installation Photographs, New Arts Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1962-1964
44
56
Miscellaneous Installation Photographs, circa 1962-1980
44
57
Photographs of Paintings, circa 1940-1980
(5 folders; not scanned)
44
58-62
Photographs of Wood Sculptures, circa 1970s
(Not scanned)
44
63
Photographs of Paintings and Sculptures, 1980-1982
(Not scanned)
44
64
Photographs, Duplicates, circa 1940-1980
(Not scanned)
44
65
Color Separations for Art Gallery Magazine, 1972 October
(Not scanned)
44
66
Negatives for Color Separation for Annoucement, 1973
(Not scanned)
44
67
Transparencies, circa 1970-1981
(Not scanned)
44
68
Slides, circa 1970s
(Not Scanned)
44
69
Photographs and Slides of Artwork, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
59
7
7.9: Betty Parsons Private Collection, circa 1963-1983
This subseries documents Betty Parsons' personal art collection through inventories, correspondence, clippings, photographs, loan agreements, sales and purchase invoices, and photographs of artwork.
Institutions and museums often requested loans from Parsons' personal collection for exhibitions. Exhibition files consist of announcements, catalogs, correspondence, and clippings. Additionally Parsons' gave works of art from her collection to institutions and museums and these gifts are recorded in the "Gifts of work" files. Some of the documents in this subseries document appraisals of the collection following Parsons' death in 1982
Description Container
Appraisals, 1983
44
70
Correspondence, circa 1968-1981
44
71
Inventories, circa 1971-1983
45
1
Exhibitions
Finch College (1968: New York, N.Y.), 1968
45
2
Finch College (1968: New York, N. Y.), 1968
59
8
New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970, Metropolitan Museum of Art(1969: New York, N.Y.), 1969-1970
45
3
Montclair Museum of Art (1972: Montclair, N.J.), 1971-1972
45
4
Parrish Art Museum (1972: Southampton, N.Y.), 1972
45
5
Art of this Century from the Betty Parsons Collection, Rhode Island School of Design (1980: Providence, R.I.), 1979-1980
45
6
General Exhibition Annoucements and Catalogues, circa 1963-1983
45
7
General Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1962
59
9
General Exhibition Loan Forms and Correspondence, 1966-1982
45
8
Gifts of Works of Art, 1956-1970
45
9
Gifts of Works of Art, 1971-1977
45
10
Gifts of Works of Art, 1978
45
11
Gifts of Works of Art, 1979-1980
45
12
Gifts of Works of Art, 1980-1981
45
13
Gifts of Works of Art, 1982
45
14
Sales and Purchases, 1961-1977
45
15
Photographs, circa 1955-1982
(4 folders; not scanned)
45
16-19
Photographs, Duplicates, circa 1955-1982
(4 folders; not scanned)
45
20-23
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1950s-circa 1980
59
10
Transparencies and Negatives, circa 1967-1983
(Not scanned)
45
24
7.10: Personal Financial Records, 1947-1980
Records in this extensive subseries provide insights into Parsons' personal financial affair documenting her investments, banking accounts, family estates (including her own will and testament) and real estate holdings. Since her work as an art dealer was her primary source of income, financial information relevant to the Betty Parsons Gallery can be found within her personal tax records.
7.10.1: Family Financial Papers, 1948-1979
Description Container
Betty Parsons' Last Will and Testament, 1975-1979
45
25
Estate of J. Fred Pierson, 1955-1961
45
26
Estate of James R. Pierson, 1975-1979
45
27
Miscellaneous Pierson Family Estate Papers, 1948-1959
45
28
Estate of Emily P. Rayner, 1963-1977
(2 folders)
45
29-30
7.10.2: Real Estate Records, circa 1951-1982
Description Container
Miscellaneous Real Estate Documents, 1958-1975
45
31
Artists Acres, Englewood, Fla., circa 1951-1966
45
32
House in Sheepscott, Maine, circa 1973-1981
(4 Folders)
45
33-36
House in St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, circa 1968-1982
(9 Folders)
45
37-45
St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, House Plans, circa 1962-1966
(3 Folders)
45
46-48
St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, Landowners Association, circa 1961-1981
(4 Folders)
46
1-4
7.10.3: Investments and Securities, circa 1948-1981
Description Container
Automobile Insurance Policies, circa 1963-1978
(2 folders)
46
5-6
Miscellaneous Employees Insurance Policies, circa 1960-1974
46
7
Fine Arts Dealers Insurance Policies, 1972-1978
46
8
Personal Fine Arts Insurance Policies, 1971-1976
46
9
Health and Medicare Insurance Policies, 1962-1966
46
10
Homeowners Insurance Policies, 1961-1978
46
11
Miscellaneous Insurance Policies, 1963-1974
46
12
Miles Timber Company, 1948-1977
(2 folders)
46
13-14
Miles Timber Company Audit Reports, 1951-1962
(2 folders)
46
15-16
Ramapo Land Company, 1958-1982
46
17
Ramapo Land Company Financial Statements, 1966-1969
46
18
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1969-1970
46
19
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1971-1972
46
20
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1972-1973
46
21
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1977-1978
46
22
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1978-1979
46
23
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1979
46
24
Irving Trust Company, 1959-1967
46
25
Investment Accounts, 1959-1979
(13 folders)
46
26-38
Securities Statements, 1969-1975
(3 folders)
46
39-41
7.10.4: Tax Records, circa 1940-1979
Description Container
Tax Documents (1940-1943), 1941-1944
46
42
Tax Documents (1954-1957), 1955-1958
46
43
Tax Documents (1958-1959), 1959-1960
46
44
Tax Documents (1960-1964), 1960-1965
46
45
Tax Documents (1965-1966), 1965-1967
46
46
Tax Documents (1967), 1967-1968
46
47
Tax Documents (1968), 1968-1970
46
48
Tax Documents (1969), 1968-1973
47
1
Tax Documents (1970), 1968-1971
47
2
Tax Documents (1971), 1971-1973
47
3
Tax Documents (1972), 1972-1973
47
4
Tax Documents (1973), 1973-1974
47
5
Tax Documents (1974), 1974-1975
47
6
Tax Documents (1975-1977), 1975-1978
47
7
Tax Documents (1979), 1979-1980
47
8
Property Taxes, Town of Southold, 1959-1974
47
9
Property Taxes, Town of Esopus, 1968-1973
47
10
Real Estate Taxes, Sarasota County, 1963-1973
47
11
Social Security, 1965-1974
47
12
Financial Contributions, circa 1960-1978
47
13
Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1958-1979
(23 folders)
47
14-36
Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1958-1979
(4 folders)
48
1-4
7.10.5: Banking Records, 1953-1982
Description Container
Bank Correspondence, 1961-1982
48
5
Citibank (formerly First National City Bank), 1966-1979
(17 Folders)
48
6-22
Citibank (formerly First National City Bank), 1966-1979
(13 Folders)
49
1-13
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, 1953-1980
(13 Folders)
49
14-26
North Fork Bank and Trust, 1963-1979
(4 Folders)
49
27-30
North Fork Bank and Trust, 1963-1979
(10 Folders)
50
1-10
Windward Islands Bank, circa 1973-1982
(4 Folders)
50
11-14

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